Many have not heard of this young, ordinary man but Leon Ford’s life goes beyond extraordinary after a tragic incident that forever changed not only his life but also the lives of many. Leon Ford encompasses the black American experience, the tough struggle to ensure that everyone sees a human being as equal, and he is the epitome of everything great about blacks. The heartbreaking yet inspiring story of Leon Ford tells the untold, heals in a way never could, teaches what books don’t have, touches the places most hearts and minds haven’t been, and shows people things they haven’t seen.

 

It was on the night of November 11, 2012, that Lean Ford, a typical black teenage boy who enjoys life, was shot for a minor traffic violation. However, there were no problems with his registration papers. It was then the police mistook him for another person who had an active warrant, but even after his identity was proven, he was shot five times, and criminal charges were still filed against him. He was convicted of traffic violations but acquitted him of aggravated assault in connection with the traffic stop. Though acquitted, this incident left him paralyzed from the waist down, completely changing his life forever.

 

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But Leon was unrelentingly positive; a person full of love, compassion, and understanding, there was simply no room for hate in him. With a smile on his face that doesn’t go away, he started devoting his life talking about what happened as well as mentoring young people. Being a survivor, he found himself a sense responsibility to speak out on behalf of many others victimized by police misconduct including Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Ezell Ford, and Mike Brown.

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Leon speaks about his experience through an organization called Leon Ford Speaks, which makes a couple of appearances in cities along the east coast. He talks about voting, how to deal with police to avoid possible confrontations and police reforms. He stressed out the need for changes in the law, and an independent body should investigate police shootings, and wants improvements on how police use force. Fortunately, there were already changes in motion. In Wisconsin, a law was passed last year that requires independent investigations when someone dies in the hand of the police. He hopes his story will bring enlightenment to socioeconomic disparities, police-community relations, politics, and racism. By telling his story, he hopes to inspire people to do something about the legal barriers to police reform, because criticisms or protest of police policy is not enough to stop police brutality.

 

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Recently, Leon Ford was able to defy the odds when doctors told him he would never walk again. By the help of his son’s encouragement, he was able to take steps with the aid of a walking frame. “Quality time with your children is the most valuable investment- and for me, it is paying off. Secondly, the world may seem hopeless. However, hope is thriving, surviving, and present in our daily lives,” said Ford.

When you get shot by a police officer 5 times--and docs say that you will ever walk but your son says keep pushing 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 Untold 11•11•17 pic.twitter.com/DPuTcp6i3g

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  • August 25, 2017
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